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Topic: Tom Cruise to take over United Artists

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15535571

Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner have been put in control of film production for United Artists.

Hmmmm...

Can we expect a series of Bond-type films starring Cruise to be released in the future, perhaps? Oh, wait a minute... ajb007/lol

"Well, he certainly left with his tails between his legs."

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I heard someone say on the news that this could mean we'd be in store for Battlefield Earth II coming out of UA!  He was joking, of course.  I hope.  I pray.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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What's the word I'm looking for, oh yes, the blazes with Tom Cruise!!

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This Tom Cruise fellow is beginning to take on the traits of a Bond super-villain...  ajb007/shifty

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Loeffelholz wrote:

This Tom Cruise fellow is beginning to take on the traits of a Bond super-villain...  ajb007/shifty

With one major difference. I usually find myself rooting the Bond baddies. ajb007/wink

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Hardyboy wrote:

I heard someone say on the news that this could mean we'd be in store for Battlefield Earth II coming out of UA!  He was joking, of course.  I hope.  I pray.

The only sadder thing than Battlefield Earth II would be Battlefield Earth III... Brrr. I'm chilled just by the tought...

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Frankly, I think Cruise is headed for direct-to-video

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highhopes wrote:

Frankly, I think Cruise is headed for direct-to-video

Yeah his last film made a measly $400 million worldwide.  He's practically in Jean Claude van Damme territory. ajb007/insane

I'm not a Cruise fan but I don't get the animosity.  UA was dead and all it's staff and productions were either fired, stopped or rolled into Sony Classics.  The last film the studio released was Hotel Rwanda, almost 2 years ago.  Another independent lable is great for the industry, even if it exists under a former major that's partially under under a current major studio.  Like or despise Crusie it's not as if he produces or makes shlock.

MBE

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MBE_ wrote:
highhopes wrote:

Frankly, I think Cruise is headed for direct-to-video

Yeah his last film made a measly $400 million worldwide.  He's practically in Jean Claude van Damme territory. ajb007/insane

I'm not a Cruise fan but I don't get the animosity.  UA was dead and all it's staff and productions were either fired, stopped or rolled into Sony Classics.  The last film the studio released was Hotel Rwanda, almost 2 years ago.  Another independent lable is great for the industry, even if it exists under a former major that's partially under under a current major studio.  Like or despise Crusie it's not as if he produces or makes shlock.

MBE

I just find him annoying. And he wouldn't be the first A-lister to wind up in the bargain bin overnight. But you're right, it's probably just wishful thinking.

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And IIRC he has some partnership with Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington Redskins, which leads to the question of seeing either the Redskins in a Cruise flick, or a flick being about the Redskins...

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As long as Cruise is making films---and not lecturing us, or otherwise being himself in interviews, ad nauseam---I've no real quarrel with him.   I really do enjoy his work; The Last Samurai, crappy ending notwithstanding, is very gook work, IMRO.  Haven't seen MI3 yet, but I certainly will.  I've seen pretty much everything he's ever done.

Nothing against the man, but his ubiquitous presence on the trivial periphery of my life is just plain exhausting  ajb007/crap  You'd have thought he and Katie were the first couple to ever have a child  ajb007/rolleyes   

Of course, he is an excellent metaphor for everything that's wrong with our pop culture---a monument to the fundamental bull****ness of fame. 

We give these people---actors and their publicity machines---too much power, and celebrities can get drunk with it.  Not picking on Tom (who's one month younger than me!  ajb007/amazed  ), everybody can come up with an example of their own.  Without the glare of the spotlight and the flashing of the paparazzi's cameras, they're just like the rest of us---sometimes thick, not always correct, occasionally stupid...read: Human.  It's just that most of us don't have publicists   ajb007/biggrin

Good luck to Cruise/Wagner and the new United Artists; I've got a couple of scripts I'd like to show them  ajb007/shifty  If they make a good movie, I'll probably see it   ajb007/cool

Last edited by Loeffelholz (5th Nov 2006 06:38)

"Blood & Ashes"...AVAILABLE on Amazon.co.uk: Get 'Jaded': Blood & Ashes: The Debut Oscar Jade Thriller
"I am not an entrant in the Shakespeare Stakes." - Ian Fleming
"Screw 'em." - Daniel Craig, The Best James Bond EverTM